I appreciate Johnny Depp as an actor. From playing an innocent man who has scissors for hands to a pirate going on countless adventures, his quirky nature is always quite entertaining. However, he overplays these type of roles to the extent. Mortdecai, the latest collaboration of Depp and director David Koepp (Secret Window), is no exception. Depp plays Charlie Mortdecai, an aristocratic art dealer who embarks on a globetrotting mission to find a missing Goya painting. There are rumors of a code to a Nazi bank account. His man servant, Jock Strapp (Paul Bettany), comes along with him to get their hands on it before anyone else can (sound familiar?).
I cannot imagine another performance by Johnny Depp to be worse than Tonto in The Lone Ranger. Unfortunately, his performance as the title role tops it. You can tell how he’s really trying to get a laugh from the audience. The comedic timing feels off that it’s hard to get one. His jokes – notably about his mustache and having a gag reflex every time he kisses his wife Johanna (Gwyneth Paltrow) – fall flat and become repetitive. With a lazy screenplay, some boring action, and a massive waste of talent by a gifted cast consisting of Paltrow, Betanny, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, and Jeff Goldblum, Mortdecai is a ginormous mess of a film. Even so, how can Jock stay alive from being severely injured many times? Easily a contender for one of the worst movies of the year and the decade.